Halloween: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

One odd result of living in Thailand is that I have become more involved in certain Western holidays than I was when I moved away from the States. Although I’d always whole-heartedly embraced Christmas while growing up, in my adulthood living far from my family it had become a non-event. Halloween was even farther from my interests, probably since I’d stopped trick-or-treating myself around the … Continue reading Halloween: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Boris Karloff’s Frankenstein

Happy Halloween! Of all classic movie monsters, my favorite is Boris Karloff’s portrayal of Frankenstein’s monster in the 1931 film, Frankenstein and repeated in Bride of Frankenstein (1935), and Son of Frankenstein (1939). The bulky costume with four-inch platform boots made it an arduous role but the costume and extensive makeup produced the classic image. The costume was a job in itself for Karloff with … Continue reading Boris Karloff’s Frankenstein

“The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe

The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary, Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore— While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping, As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door. “‘Tis some visiter,” I muttered, “tapping at my chamber door— Only this and nothing more.” Ah, distinctly … Continue reading “The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe

Day of the Dead / Día de Muertos

Running in 2016 from October 31 until November 2, Day of the Dead (Día de Muertos) is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico, in particular the Central and South regions, and by people of Mexican ancestry living in other places, especially the United States. It is acknowledged internationally in many other cultures. The multi-day holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for … Continue reading Day of the Dead / Día de Muertos